On Nov. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed bill that stops a projected 23% cut in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and extends the current payment rates through December 31. The legislation pays for the extension by implementing a policy that reduces the payment rate for second and subsequent speech-language, occupational therapy, or physical therapy treatments provided to the same patient on the same day.
Reimbursement rates for 2011, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, include a 30% cut. However, most Medicare observers expect Congress to enact legislation to prevent implementation of these dramatic cuts.
Check the Dec. 23 ASHA Leader for more information.